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Derby County 0-2 Stoke City

Posted by Stuart Hughes on January 29, 2012 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

In the end the 4th round F.A. Cup tie between Championship Derby County and Premiership Stoke City turned out to be something of an anticlimax.


Stoke City started brightly and took the lead after just 4 minutes when Cameron Jerome struck from a corner. Jerome was clearly offside but the officials either ignored or missed that important fact. Offside or not, D...

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Derby County v Stoke City preview

Posted by Stuart Hughes on January 29, 2012 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Saturday’s 4th round F.A. Cup tie at home to Stoke City is exactly what the F.A. Cup – in fact all cup competitions – are about.


A home game against a team from the next division up – in this case the Holy Grail of the Premier League. An opportunity to test yourself against a team who play in the division you are aspiring to get promot...

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Derby County 1-0 Crystal Palace

Posted by Stuart Hughes on January 29, 2012 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

A solitary goal from Theo Robinson as early as the 8th minute was enough for Derby County to knock Crystal Palace out of the F. A. Cup on Saturday.


Overall I thought the Rams deserved to beat the Eagles, particularly in the first half when we were on top for long periods. The second half was more even and we were put under pressur...

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Derby County v Crystal Palace preview

Posted by Stuart Hughes on January 29, 2012 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

As a Rams supporter Derby County delivered the perfect Christmas and New Year present over the festive period with three wins out of three. Home victories over Leeds United and West Ham United followed up with an away victory against Hull City was beyond my wildest dreams.


On Saturday attention turns to the third round of the F.A. Cup and Derby...

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Derby County 0-2 Hull City

Posted by Stuart Hughes on January 29, 2012 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The 2-0 defeat against Hull City on Saturday was hugely disappointing in front of a 30,391 Pride Park crowd.


The Rams started well, applied pressure deep in Tigers territory, and won a string of corners. On the front foot as manager Nigel Clough is so fond of saying. Slick passing, good movement, it looked very promising … but fifteen minutes in, about the time the plane made its flyover pulling the banner designed to taunt Nottingh...

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Derby County v Hull City preview

Posted by Stuart Hughes on January 29, 2012 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

With Paul Green, Shaun Barker, Chris Riggott and Lee Croft all returning from injury to play for the reserves this week, and John Brayford likely to be available too, manager Nigel Clough will have a pleasant selection headache for a change.


After two straight losses, and three defeats in the last four games, it’s not as if the players who’ve been selected in those four games are nailed on for selection.


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Derby County 3-1 Portsmouth

Posted by Stuart Hughes on October 31, 2011 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (0)

After five games without a victory (three draws, two defeats), Derby County returned to winning ways when they defeated Portsmouth 3-1.


The Rams were out of the blocks quickly and Craig Bryson gave them the lead on two minutes. Chris Maguire doubled the lead after 13 minutes. Jamie Ward made it three on 32 mi...

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Derby County v Portsmouth Preview

Posted by Stuart Hughes on October 31, 2011 at 5:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Against Middlesbrough last Saturday, Mason Bennett became the youngest player to turn out for Derby County’s senior team and was inches away from becoming the youngest ever Football League goal scorer. Not bad for a player who is still at school.


By all accounts Bennett will keep his place in the squad ...

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Derby County 3-0 Millwall

Posted by Stuart Hughes on October 31, 2011 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Derby County made it six wins from eight games with a 3-0 home victory over Millwall at Pride Park Stadium.


The win lifted the Rams to the lofty heights of 3rd in the npower Championship with only Southampton and Middlesbrough above us.


It was an o...

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Preview: Derby County v Millwall

Posted by Stuart Hughes on September 24, 2011 at 3:55 AM Comments comments (0)

On Saturday Derby County entertain Millwall at Pride Park Stadium and I hope it’s not going to a case of after the Lord Mayor’s Show.


After giving our arch-rivals Nottingham Forest a one goal head start, plus a man advantage, and still winning away from home, the Rams will be full of confid...

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